13 Sep 2017

Golf Course Cart Path Specialists

Our team of experienced cart path constructors offer exceptional concrete construction and results.

Whether you need rolled curbing, block curbing, our team has the ability to build to your needs.

We offer products that will give you years of service and add to the beauty of your course by maintaining a dedicated path system for golfers and maintenance personnel as well. https://www.fusiongcm.com/services/cart-path-construction/

13 Jul 2017

Voyage Houston: Meet Casey Jones of Fusion Golf

Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Jones.

My career started as a combination of my parents’ career paths. My mother was a golf course maintenance assistant superintendent while my father was in the heavy earthwork construction industry. I spent a couple years in my late teens working at a golf course which I loved then found interest in the construction industry and began operating heavy equipment in our family owned construction business.

Fate should have it shortly thereafter our company was hired to do construction work on a golf course in Newport Beach California that was being constructed. Soon after I became very interested in golf course construction and began watching how the shapers did their work closely. Fortunately the golf course contractor was kind enough to hire me after we had completed our obligations and gave me the opportunity to learn how to shape.

Voyage Houston: Meet Casey Jones of Fusion Golf

I then began the journey that led me to where I am today. I was fortunate to be very naturally talented operating equipment and quickly honed my skill as a shaper while traveling throughout the United States, West Coast to East Coast and many stops in between, while working for industry leading golf course construction companies throughout the United States.

In 1998 I was invited by a golf course designer that I had worked for to break off and start free lancing internationally, which led me to Indonesia on my first venture outside the United States. A very eye opening experience to the world outside of the United States. I formed my first company, Jones Shaping Enterprises and my career quickly escalated and I began traveling the globe for a period of 12 years between 2000-2012. My talents led me to destinations including Germany, Italy, Tunisia, Portugal, China, Singapore, Bulgaria and Costa Rica.

During this time, I would assemble teams that would travel with me and we would work for private owners supplying the vital key personal that specialized in building golf courses. As we went project to project the need for qualified people grew and we started running multiple projects in multiple locations which led to the forming of Fusion Golf.

In 2012 we relocated to Texas due to the resurgence of golf course work within the United Stated as the economy began to recover from the economic crisis. Glad to be back working steadily once again coast to coast in the USA.

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16 May 2017

Willow Fork Country Club Will Undergo A Complete Bunker Renovation

Willow Fork Country Club in Katy, Texas will undergo a complete bunker renovation this spring. Willow Fork Country Club offers a beautiful picturesque backdrop, the renovation to the course and its bunkers will not only provide an immense aesthetic value but bring a far more superior playability to the course. Thus, offering a challenge to members of all skill levels.

Fusion Golf LTD will begin the construction of 18 hole bunker renovation. As part of the renovation, bunkers will be mapped using Ensight. A 3D technology mapping company that will provide accurate measurements of the bunkers square footage by creating a 3d surface map of the bunker floors. Thus, minimizing material waste and helping provide accurate budgeting information for the ownership group. The renovations scope includes the reshaping of existing bunkers, installation of new drainage, bunker liner and bunker sand. The sand will be provided by Texas Sports Sands. The bunkers will be rebuilt incorporating a drainage and liner system provided by Zline Bunker Systems the lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the sand and over the lining, minimizing washouts and contamination while reducing maintenance costs and producing superior consistency. The bunker renovation commences mid-May and is scheduled to be completed by mid-September 2017.

“This bunker renovation is a part of our continuous effort to deliver excellent playing conditions and our commitment to our members.” said Randy Jones, Senior Vice President of CBIGG Management.

Willow Fork Country Club in Katy, Texas

 

20 Jan 2017

3 Things to Consider when Implementing Golf Cart Path Construction

Golf cart path construction is part of the overall golf course design, but sometimes not given the level of importance it should. The main attraction to the golf course is the layout, landscaping and well maintained and manicured greens, but the purpose of the golf cart path is to facilitate pedestrian traffic throughout the golf course.

3 Things to Consider when Implementing Golf Cart Path Construction

  1. Overall Design: When designing the golf cart path, whether the course is new or the cart path is being added to an existing course, the golf cart path should not be a prominent feature. The design of the path should blend into the overall golf course design and work seamlessly with the surrounding topography of the course. The path should be easily accessible with wide curves and minimally sloping hills and valleys. Most municipalities have regulations in place that dictate the width and minimum and maximum slopes of the cart paths.
  2. The Golf Cart Base: The base of the golf cart path should always be firm enough to support the cart, the golfers and the equipment. The actual path base design will often depend on sub-soil conditions and the structural stability of those soils. Golf cart path construction should always take into account varying temperature ranges and changes that will affect the materials of the path. Path materials that do not accept temperature changes very well will be subject to frequent maintenance and repairs.
  3. Proper Path Drainage: An important consideration when undertaking golf cart path construction is to make sure the cart paths remain free from ponding and standing water. Granted most people do not golf or drive a golf cart in the rain, but ponding water may undermine the integrity of the cart path requiring repair at some point.

For more information about golf cart path construction, please contact us and let out experts answer your questions, address your concerns and guide you through the construction process.

20 Jan 2017

Golf Course Natural Disaster Restoration Services After Flash Floods

When two inches of rain hit central Phoenix in just one hour on August 2, the National Weather Service pegged the annual odds of such a meteorological anomaly at one in 100. Such an event is devastating on many levels. The economy is disrupted, and the area’s infrastructure is strained.

Golf Course Natural Disaster Restoration Services After Flash Floods

Courses Vulnerable

Golf courses are not immune from the unexpected excesses of Mother Nature. Although the odds are long, when flash flooding does strike golf courses it can wreak havoc on bridges, bunkers, cart paths, creek banks and much more. Ideally, restoration of these vital course components will minimize or fully eliminate the chances of future anomalous events.

Ordinarily, the Valley is a true mecca of resort golf, home to literally hundreds of courses. Indeed, there are 51 in Scottsdale alone. The operators of these layouts are among the most progressive in the industry. Computerized irrigation, wetting agents and the use of non-potable water all help the courses to exist in an environmentally sound manner during typically dry conditions.

Courses Designed to Harbor Runoff

However, when there is too much water, as was the case on August 2, many golf courses collect excess runoff to improve flood conditions to a degree. For example, Scottsdale municipal golf courses are designed to capture runoff from area streets, parking lots and developments. Turf and soil filter contaminants, and excess water percolates down to replenish groundwater supplies.

Fusion Golf is a specialist in golf course natural disaster restoration. We use the latest, most innovative methods to renew and restore damaged layouts with utmost efficiency. To learn more about our many golf course services, contact us.

11 Oct 2016

What is Golf Course Shaping and Why Does It Matter?

You may be sold on golf course shaping, and you may not. For those of you who aren’t sure about it, here are some of the best things we can think of about this feature.

What is Golf Course Shaping and Why Does It Matter?

A golf course Shaper is the second step of bringing a golf course to life. They are the ones who take the designs or plans from the architect and bring them into full realization. Once the Shaper has finished his or her work, you can see the course in front of you. You’re no longer limited to viewing digital images, sketches or blueprints. It’s almost the way the golfers will see it in the future.

Shapers are more artists than simple dozer operators. They form and mold the terrain into the shapes you decided in the initial planning stages, as relayed by the architect. Using the bulldozer as an extension of their hands, they help you achieve the desired effect of the course.

If an architect serves the same purpose designing a house as they do a golf course, and the landscaping crew might be compared to the interior design, then the Shaper would be the builder. He or she works from the ground up to create the lines and curves of the course. A Shaper is instrumental in taking your course from the plans to the real world.

A good Shaper is as vital to the construction process as the architect. He or she must be skilled with different soils, terrains, and foreign cultures. On top of that, our Shapers at Fusion golf are also adept at adapting to any conditions or situations that might arise during the shaping process.

Our Shapers are reliable, dedicated and willing to go the extra mile to shape the golf course as you see fit.

To discuss more on the subject please contact us.

09 Sep 2016

Three Surprising Facts About Bunker Renovation

As the game of golf evolves and the standards of regular players continue to grow, bunker renovation and modernization is one of the key areas that courses consistently need to address.

Three Surprising Facts About Bunker Renovation

Here are three aspects of bunker renovation that might surprise you:

Sometimes “updating” really means “restoring”: Consult the original plans for the course, and if possible, the architect. Many aging bunkers drift over years of maintenance and erosion. Restoring the original positioning of bunkers can improve the pace of play, no new designs necessary.

Drain tiles increase bunker positioning options: An aging bunker with increasing water movement issues is salvageable by installing drain tiles. The drain collects and moves groundwater, mitigating surface water pooling without adversely affecting the usage of the bunker during play.

New sand? Send it to a lab: USGA has strict guidelines for bunker-sand. Particles must lie between 0.25 and 1 millimeter, and be angular in shape. These guidelines are not arbitrary. The intention is ensure that courses provide the best sand for their play, and give players some consistency from course to course. The best way to match these requirements is to send samples to a soil lab, and make sure any further sand you acquire matches the selection that had the best results.

There are countless approaches to renovating bunkers, from scrapping your original designs to restoring the original intentions from the past. Consider the tips above as you evaluate the specific needs of your players. Contact us for a consultation on renovating the bunkers on your course.